• 20 Jahre Keyvisual 1 - englisch Scientific excellence as the basis for long lasting confidence BfR gathers the latest scientific findings through an ongoing international exchange with experts from other scientific institutions but also from its own research.
  • 20 Jahre Keyvisual 2 - englisch Independent Risk Assessment BfR assesses risks from many areas of daily life. This includes the large spectrum of chemicals as well as foods of plant or animal origin, cosmetics and toys.
  • 20 Jahre Keyvisual 3 - englisch Identify Risks - Protect Health These are the tasks which are incumbent on the German Federal Institute for risk assessment (BfR) when it comes to progressive consumer protection. They encompass the independent assessment of existing and the identification of new health risks.

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German-Tunisian cooperation in consumer protection

As part of a project to strengthen food safety and consumer health protection in Tunisia, the two Tunisian food safety authorities visit the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) and the Federal Office for Consumer Protection and Food Safety (BVL).

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Blick durch eine Lupe

"PARC": EU research partnership on chemical risk assessment launches

The "PARC" initiative of the European Union (EU), launched in Paris on 11 May 2022, is breaking new ground in the assessment of chemical substances. For Germany, the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) and the German Environment Agency (UBA) take on leading roles as work package leads.

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Das Titelblatt zum BfR Corona MONITOR

BfR-Corona-Monitor - as to 10 - 12 May

The warm temperatures and decreasing incidence rates are luring more people out of their homes again. In the current survey, the proportion of people who said that they had met friends or family less frequently or left their homes less frequently to protect themselves from an infection with the coronavirus has fallen to around one third each.

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Ein Säugling trinkt aus einer Flasche

Recommendations for the hygienic preparation of powdered infant formula

The BfR recommends preparing powdered infant formula only shortly before consumption. Boiled water should be used wherever possible when preparing formula for infants who are only a few months old.

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Bild vom Besuch der FDA beim BfR

US Sister Agency Food and Drug Administration Visits the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment

American and German federal institutions work together on important consumer health protection issues.

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The Institute

The Institute

The Institute was set up in November 2002 to strengthen consumer health protection. It is the scientific agency of the Federal Republic of Germany which is responsible for preparing expert reports and opinions on food and feed safety as well as on the safety of substances and products.

Food Safety

Food Safety

BfR endeavours to constantly undertake topical assessments of the risks associated with foods - be it from heavy metals, pesticide residues, toxic ingredients or the like (substance risks), be it from bacteria, viruses or fungi (microbial risks) or be it risks from novel technologies in food production (novel foods).

Product safety

Product safety

For health assessment the decisive factor is whether and, if so, on what scale consumers come into contact with the substances contained in the products and what health risks these might entail. This requires knowledge about the numerous substances, materials and their processing into various products. 

Chemicals

Chemicals

Chemicals are encountered in almost all areas of daily life. That's why stiff requirements must be imposed to ensure the safe handling of chemicals. The proper handling of chemicals may not constitute a risk to the health of man or to the environment.

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